Touring the Uk?

Thinkings about doing a tour of the uk? We found a great article highlighting some of the top most relaxing places to visit in the uk by getmemymortgage.co.uk. Take a look below and plan your next peaceful trip to discover the united kingdom.

1. Cornwall 

Sitting at the top of the list is Cornwall, one of the most beautiful places in the country, rural and coastal settings a plenty and a friendly atmosphere. Cornwall forms a peninsula with wild moorlands and many sandy beaches. The south coast of Cornwall is dubbed the Cornish riviera due to the climate and picturesque landscapes. Cornwall has a host of picturesque villages and seaside resorts

2. Standish 

A small yet humble town in the borough of Wigan has made it onto our list due to the small population, low pollution and lack of traffic jams. The village has a population of less than 14,000 people making it a perfect place to settle.

3.The Lake District 

One of the most beautiful places in the UK, it was always going to make it onto the list. A favourite for nationals and tourists the lake district is a region of Cumbria in the northwest of England. With a low pollution level and beautiful market towns such as Keswick, Kendal, Ambleside and Derwentwater. The lake district is a wonderful place to visit and live.

4. Wales

Wales made it on to the list due to the low levels of pollution and traffic free roads (mostly). Wales is a well known part of southwest Great Britain. With rugged coastlines and famous mountains located there. The celtic culture and welsh language is a draw for tourism.

5. Scottish Highlands

Home to famous loch Ness and many other famous attractions  the Scottish Highland is a wonderful place to move to and relax, benefit from rural locations and lower house prices you can pick up a lot of real estate for a lower cost.

As you can tell the most relaxing places to live in the UK appear to be more rural locations, this goes to show that city life really does have an impact on our health and ability to de-stress. Not everyone will be able to move to the locations or may not even want to but a short visit to a rural location is proven to reduce stress and help relax. If you live in a busy area it can be a great way to relax with a rural weekend away.

Norway/Iran Important Meetings

Norway/Iran Important Meetings

Ambassador meets ILNA

Last week ambassador Jens-Petter Kjemprud met the General Manager of Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) Esrafil Ebadati and a number of his staff. The Ambassador was shown around the premises and met journalists and staff. Mr. Ebadati and the ambassador discussed issues most relevant to workers in Iran and Norway and the organizational set up of the workers organisations in both countries. Mr. Ebadati said the hardship created by sanctions on Iran had led to reduced purchase power for Iranian workers and thus following wage demands by Workers House.  A new minimum wage has been introduced as well as direct payments, but the high inflation still affects workers negatively. The two also discussed the upcoming elections in both countries.

Nordic Council of Ministers and ECO Secretary Generals meet

During World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi 18th November Secretary General of Nordic Council of Ministers Dagfinn Høybråten met his counterpart in Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) Shamil Aleskerov. The two discussed issues of common concern and best practices from which the organisations could benefit. Chief of Staff Kenneth Broman and ambassador Jens-Petter Kjemprud also participated in the meeting. Norway has supported ECO in environmental issues as well as in power trade and Secretary General Aleskerov has visited both Norway and Finland this year.

Embassy meets new Chairman of NDF

Dr.Seyed Safdar Hosseini, the new Chairman of Board of Executive Directors of the National Development Fund received ambassador Jens-Petter Kjemprud and DHM Thomas Bruusgaard Høgseth at the NDF Headquarters. Dr. Hosseini explained about the current state of the NDF and plans for the future including hosting the 2015 Annual Meeting of the world’s Sovereign Wealth Funds in Tehran. NDF participated in this year’s Annual Meeting held in Oslo and general issues related to Sovereign Funds as well as possible future cooperation was discussed.

Ambassador meets Boroujerdi

The Head of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and National Security in Majlis, Alaeidin Boroujerdi, yesterday welcomed ambassador Jens-Petter Kjemprud to Majlis. The two discussed the current status of bilateral relations as well as regional issues of common concern in particular the current developments in Syria and preparations for the Geneva 2 conference. Mr. Boroujerdi also explained and elaborated on Iran’s positions to the P5+1 talks to be held in Geneva later this week.

Schengen visa for EU/EEA

Schengen visa for EU/EEA

Family Members (spouses, children under the age of 18 and dependent ascendants) of EU / EEA / Swiss citizens who are exercising their right to free movement are covered under Directive 2004/38/EC. For these applicants, the Visa Procedure is slightly different.

In order to qualify for this procedure, the applicant must either accompany or join the EU / EEA / Swiss citizen, and the EU / EEA / Swiss citizen must be exercising their right to free movement.

Example 1: An applicant who is married to a Norwegian citizen who is accompanying or joining the spouse in Norway is not covered by this Directive.

Example 2: An applicant who is married to a Norwegian Citizen residing in France who is joining the spouse in France is covered by this Directive.

Applicants that are covered by this Directive will get priority and will not be charged a fee (the fee paid on the Application Portal will be refunded electronically when the applicant submits proof that he / she is covered by the Directive).

Documents that must be submitted with the application:

Applications must be registered on the Application Portal and supporting documents submitted at the Embassy at the applicant’s booked appointment time.

Documents that should be submitted with the application are:

One passport size picture with white background and not older than 6 months (please attach photo on the Cover Letter using adhesive tape or glue, not staples). The Cover Letter may be printed from the Application Portal after finishing the payment and booking. It is also sent to the registered e-mail address after completing the booking.

Original passport (valid for at least 3 months after departure from Schengen)

Proof of Relationship with the EU / EEA / Swiss Citizen

E.G. Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate (showing both parent’s names), etc.

Proof that the applicant joins or accompanies an EU / EEA / Swiss Citizen

How will I know the decision or result of my application?

How will I know the decision or result of my application?

Notification of decision

When the Applicant submit their application, his/her passport is kept by The Visa section. Applicant will be given a receipt which mentions the day and time applicant can pick up his/her passport.

Approved applications

If your have been granted a visa, the visa sticker will be affixed into your passport with the travel date mentioned at your interview. Otherwise your rejection letter will be attached to your passport

If your visa case is sent to UDI, the Directorate of Immigration will make the decision and notify the Embassy. As soon as the answer received the applicant will be notified by phone or email.

Denied applications

The rejection letter attached to his/her passport. Applicants that have been denied a permit may either re-apply or lodge an appeal.
The appeal may be lodged by the applicant himself / herself or by a person with ‘Power of Attorney’.

Application fee

Be aware that visa fee is not refundable if the visa is refused.

IRANIAN VERSION:

اعلام تصمیم گرفته شده برای ویزا

زمانیکه متقاضی درخواست خود را در سفارت ثبت میکند پاسپورت او به همراه پرونده در قسمت ویزا نگه داشته میشود. در قبال آن متقاضی رسیدی دریافت میکند که در آن تاریخ دریافت پاسپورت نوشته شده است. 

پرونده هایی که با درخواست ویزای آن موافقت شده : اگر با درخواست ویزای شما موافقت شود، ویزا بر اساس تاریخ توافق شده در زمان مصاحبه صادر شده و در پاسپورت میباشد. درصورتیکه پرونده شما برای تصمیم گیری به اداره مهاجرت در نروژ فرستاده شده، این سفارت به محض دریافت نتیجه، با متقاضی تماس میگیرد و یا اینکه ایمیل میفرستد. 

پرونده هایی که با درخواست ویزای آن موافقت نشده است : علت جواب منفی ضمیمه پاسپورت است. متقاضی میتواند دوباره درخواست ویزا کند. متقاضی و یا شخصی که از او وکالت دارد میتواند درخواست تجدیدنظر کند. 

هزینه ویزا

توجه داشته باشید، درصورتیکه جواب شما منفی شود هزینه ویزا مسترد نخواهد شد.

هیچ هزینه ای برای درخواست تجدید نظر گرفته نمیشود.

Residence permit-how to?

Residence permit-how to?

Any stay in Norway that is longer than 90 days requires a residence permit. If you plan to study, work or live with family in Norway you need a residence permit, and not a Schengen visa. There are various types of applications for residence permits. Applicants must fill out the form for the suitable permit online through our Application portal, and book an appointment. When this is done the applicant will submit the application at the embassy, in person.

All applicants who apply for any kind of residence permit must answer UDI’s check list and questionaries, print it and submitt at their time of interview.

  • The original of translation must be legalised by the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
  • A4 format copy of each of the documents and with no staples and pins.

If you are not an Iranian citizen, you must have a valid residence permit in Iran (minimum six months) in order to apply from the Norwegian Embassy in Tehran. A visitor’s visa to Iran is not sufficient in order to launch an application for residence permit. Afghan nationals living in Afghanistan must contact the Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad, Iraqi nationals living in Iraq must contact the Norwegian Embassy in Amman.

Applicants must show their passport and all documents in their original form to the Embassy.

All translated documents must be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran too.

IRANIAN VERSION:

کلیه متقاضیان هرنوع اقامت باید توجه داشته باشند که از سایت اداره مهاجرت سوالات و چک لیست مریوطه را  پرینت  کنند و به سوالات پاسخ دهند و در روز مصاحبه همراه بقیه مدارک به سفارت ارائه دهند.

  • تمامی مدارک باید بر روی برپه آ4 بوده و هیچگونه سوزن و منگنه نداشته باشد.
  • متقاضیان درخواست هرگونه اقامت باید مدارک خود به تائید وزارت امورخارجه برسانند

اگر شما تبعه ایران نمیباشید برای اینکه بتوانید درخواست اقامت خود را به سفارت نروژ در تهران ارایه دهید شما باید دارای اقامت معتبر ایران  حداقل برای مدت 6 ماه باشید تنها داشتن ویزای ایران برای درخواست اقامت کافی نمیباشد 

اگر شما تبعه  افغانستان هستید و در افغانستان زندگی میکنید باید درخواست اقامت خود را به سفارت نروژ در اسلام آباد و اگر تبعه عراق هستید و در عراق زندگی میکنید باید درخواست اقامت خود را به سفارت نروژ در امان در کشور اردن ارایه دهید

متقاضی باید اصل پاسپورت و سایر مدارک خود را زمان درخواست ویزا و یا اقامت همراه داشته باشد 

برای درخواست هر نوع اقامت کلیه مدارک ترجمه شده باید به تایید وزارت امور خارجه رسیده باشد

Norway assists in the implementation of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program

Norway assists in the implementation of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program

The agreement between the P5+1 countries (the US, Russia, the UK, France, China and Germany) and Iran was reached in July 2015 after several years of extensive efforts. Under the agreement, Iran has committed itself to restricting its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to a maximum of 300kg. This means that Iran needs to dispose of its excess enriched uranium in order to comply with the agreement. At the same time, Iran needs fuel for its nuclear reactors.

‘Reducing the amount of low-enriched uranium is a key part of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, and it is important for making sure that Iran does not intend to develop nuclear weapons. Norway is directly supporting the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and is thus playing a vital part in the implementation of the agreement,’ said Mr Brende.

Norway has provided support for 60 000kg natural uranium (uranium concentrate) and its transportation from Kazakhstan to Iran, amounting to around USD 6 million. Iran has also transported unused enriched uranium fuel out of the country. Experts from the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority have verified and controlled the transportation of the natural uranium. This took place on 27 December.

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‘The implementation of the agreement will be a victory for the international non-proliferation regime and for international diplomacy. Norway’s support to the IAEA and the agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme is an example of disarmament and non-proliferation work in practice. It also reflects the importance the Government attaches to concrete, effective action in this field. The implementation of the agreement will not only strengthen the global non-proliferation regime; it will also contribute to greater stability in the Middle East,’ said Mr Brende.

UN Security Council resolution 2231 calls upon all UN Member States to support the implementation of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme. On 15 December, the IAEA Board of Governors confirmed that Iran had so far fulfilled its obligations under the agreement and that its nuclear programme had no military purpose. Norway’s contribution to the implementation of the agreement is in line with the efforts taking place in the run up to the Nuclear Security Summit, which will be held in Washington in spring 2016. Norway has provided extraordinary funding for the IAEA’s monitoring of the implementation of the agreement since 2013. So far, this has amounted to NOK 14 million.

Register for Norway visas and residence permits online

Register for Norway visas and residence permits online

You must make an online application and book appointment if you want to apply for one of the following permits to Norway:

  • Visa
  • Familyreunification
  • Workpermit (only if you have an offer-of-employment from employer in Norway)
  • Studypermit
  • Au-pair permit

How to get started and what to do?

1. Please register your online application and book appointment at the Application Portal Norway: https://selfservice.udi.no/

2. Secondly, please refer to the Embassy webpage for detailed information regarding which supporting documents to bring:https://www.norway.no/en/iran/services-info/consular-services Please note that all applicants, irrespective of online registration and booked appointments, must provide full supporting documents for their applications. Applicants who fail to provide the necessary supporting documents, will kindly be asked to book a new appointment.

3. After you have submitted the online application, booked your appointment and provided all the supporting documents, we will be pleased to welcome you to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tehran to submit the necessary supporting documents, pay the fee and provide biometric data.

We would also like to bring your attention to the fact that all the abovementioned application types are included in our new electronic caseprocessing system. The processing time is expected to be somewhat shorter for electronic cases.

Norway tightens asylum regulations

Norway tightens asylum regulations

Not everyone who comes to Norway is entitled to protection under the Refugee Convention. Persons who do not qualify for asylum or other permits in Norway, and whose applications are denied, must return to their country of origin or country of habitual residence.

Applications that appear likely to be denied will be given priority and fast-tracked.

Anyone crossing the border into Norway must have a visa. If you want to work or study in Norway, you must apply for the relevant permit(s) before you travel to Norway.

Applications can be submitted at the Norwegian embassy.

People from safe areas of Afghanistan or who have been granted residence in another country will have their application rejected and will be deported. People from areas that are not considered safe may be returned to other parts of Afghanistan.

In 2014 and 2015 more than 500 people have been returned from Norway to Afghanistan.

“The government is going to reduce benefits for asylum seekers and introduce tighter rules for asylum and family immigration,” says Minister of Justice and Public Security Anders Anundsen (Progress Party – FrP).

 To stem the flow of asylum seekers to Norway, the government is introducing several measures including:

  • reducing benefits for people living in reception centres
  • increasing the period of residence to become eligible for permanent residence
  • using integration criteria for the granting of applications for permanent residence
  • limiting family reunification and family establishment rights for refugees

For a more detailed list of restrictions please visit this Facebook-page where the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security provides information about the current regulations and the tightening of Norway’s asylum policy.

Norwegian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Tore Hattrem visits Iran

Norwegian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Tore Hattrem visits Iran

The Deputy Minister met amongst others vice president mrs Massoumeh Ebtekar, Minister of Trade mr Mohammed Reza Nematzadeh and Deputy Minister mr Takht Ravanchi. The visit was a continuation of the political dialogue Norway and Iran have had the last years, recently through Minister of Foreign Affairs mr Børge Brende’s visit to Iran November 2014 and vice president Ebteka’s visit to Norway June this year.

Topics on the agenda were the situation in the Middle East, the nuclear deal, human rights, and economic cooperation. Mr Hattrem was accompanied by representatives for the Norwegian companies/organisations Innovation Norway, The Norwegian Shipowner’s Association, DNV GL, DNO, and AkvaGroup.